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Hard.Copy - 10 April 1998

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.

Russia Will Pay With Weapons To Use Kazakh Test Ranges. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 08, 1998, pp 42B-43
Russian president Boris Yeltsin has signed the ratification bills for
Russian-Kazakh treaties, which will allow Russia to pay Kazakhstan with
weapons for the use of their four aircraft and missile test ranges. 

SBL Demonstrator Would Require Off-Board Target Hand-Off. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 07, 1998, p 39
The Space Based Laser (SBL) concept under development by the AF and
BMDO, would require a hand-off of target information from an off-board
source in order to be compliant with the ABM Treaty, according to
BrigGen James K Beale. 

SBIRS-Low Planners Weigh Requirements, Budget. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 07, 1998, p 38
Several issues concerning the Space Based Infrared System Low
(SBIRS-Low) program will be addressed by the Pentagon's Joint
Requirements Oversight Council and the Defense Acquisition Board in the
May/June timeframe. Among the issues are whether the satellites will
provide a direct downlink to ground-based missile defense systems and
balancing the requirements within a tight budget. 

National Missile Defense: An Overview Of Alternative Plans. 
Arms Control Today, Feb 01, 1998, p 38
This factfile highlights the differences between the Clinton
Administration's "Three-Plus-Three" Program, Lugar's "Defend the United
States of America Act of 1997," and Lott's "National Missile Defense Act
of 1997." This article also discusses their different views on the ABM
Treaty. 

Advancing The Arms Control Agenda: Pitfalls And Possibilities. 
Arms Control Today, Feb 01, 1998, pp 11-19
This article is an edited version of the panelists remarks from a panel
discussion of the arms control issues facing the Clinton Administration
and the Senate in the coming years, as well as, the state of US-Russian
relations. 

Strategic Agreements And The CTB Treaty: Striking The Right Balance.
Arms Control Today. Robert Bell, Feb 01, 1998, pp 3-10
This article is the edited version of Robert Bell's remarks and his
responses to questions from the Arms Control Association's annual
membership meeting. Bell serves as special assistant to the President
for national security, providing advice for national security strategy,
strategic nuclear and conventional arms control issues and weapons
acquisition. 

Raytheon Completes SBIRS-Low Sensor. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998, p 126
Raytheon has completed the building and assembly of the target
acquisition sensor for the AF SBIRs Low Earth Orbit Flight Demonstration
System (FDS). This system is the next geberation space based
surveillance and early warning system which will replace the Defense
Support System satellite. 

Emergency Supplemental Bills Head To Conference. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998
The Senate equivalent to the "Theater Missile Defense Improvement Act of
1998," will provide $151m additional funds to improve several TMD
programs, if amended. The Senate will appropriate the funds, but the
Clinton Administration must designate it as an emergency requirement.
This supplemental funding will make available funds for the procurement
of items and equipment required for a third Arrow missile defense
battery and other identified areas to combat the increasing ballistic
missile threat. 

Space Laser Study Pares Down The Options. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998, pp 118-119
The Air Force Research Lab's Lasers and Space Optical Systems Study
(LASOSS) has completed the concept definition phase with 70 options
marked as a high priority for further study. The concepts must have
value to the military and include areas such as chemical or biological
warfare agent detection, or the detection of underground structures. 

Air Force Offers Options For NMD Toolbox. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998, pp 124-125
The Air Force has a number of elements that could be useful to the NMD
program, possibly reducing the cost of the total system, according to AF
BrigGen James Beale, who runs the Space and Nuclear Deterrence office. 

Lyles: BMDO Challenges Are Testing, Cost And Tech. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998, pp 111-112
According to BMDO Director LtGen Lester Lyles, the main challenges
facing missile defense programs are: hard testing, affordability, and a
robust technology. Also, Lyles wants a review of test recommendations
for NMD, once the LSI is chosen. 

Navy Area TBMD Flight Tests Planned For Winter. 
BMD Monitor, Apr 03, 1998, pp 114-115
The Navy expects the first firing of the Standard Missile this winter
and has given the contractor Standard Missile Co. an incentive to
deliver the missile as early as November. The test flight will be
controlled without any target. 

Navy's SLAM-ER Moves Into Phase II LRIP. 
Defense Daily, Apr 08, 1998, p 5
The Navy's Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER)
program has moved into the second phase of its low-rate initial
production (LRIP), the service announced yesterday. 

Thurmond Concerned By Lack Of Focus On Defense Spending. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Apr 10, 1998, p 4
SASC Chairman Strom Thurmond (R-SC) said he is disturbed at the lack of
debate in the Senate on defense spending levels during its recent
consideration of the FY99 Budget Resolution. 

Army: MEADS Still Best Maneuver Force Protection Option. 
Defense Daily, Apr 08, 1998, p George Cahlink
Col Perry Casto, the Army's air and defense missile division chief, said
that the international MEADS is the most affordable system now available
that would meet the Army's current and future air defense requirements
for protecting maneuver forces. 

House, Senate To Reconcile Bills For More Missile Defense Funds. 
Defense News. Rick Maze, Apr 06, 1998, p 14
The US House of Representatives rushed passage of a bill to accelerate
some theater missile defense programs late March. Its efforts will not
bear fruit until the measure can be reconciled with a Senate version
passed earlier in March. 

Welch Panel Questions Hit-To-Kill Technology, 'Unrealistic' THAAD
Program Schedule. 
Inside Missile Defense. Daniel Dupont, Apr 01, 1998, pp 1, 15-16
A study group headed by retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Larry Welch
asserted in its report that hit-to-kill technology, crucial to THAAD,
NMD and Patriot PAC-3 and BMDO's stated preferred solution for its
interceptors, may be more difficult to perfect than BMDO and other
program officials have acknowledged. 

Army Puts MEADS In OSD Hands: Other Missile Systems May Have To Pay.
Inside Missile Defense. Erin Winograd, Apr 01, 1998, p 2
Although the Medium Extneded Air Defense System (MEADS) remains a
genuine need for the Army, the service does not have the money to put
into the program. According to LtGen Paul Kern, the Army has asked OSD
to help figure out a funding solution. OSD, however, appears to be
willing to end US commitment to the international arrangement currently
governing MEADS. 

Head Of BMDO Test Review Panel Sees Theater Wide Acceleration Unlikely.
Inside Missile Defense, Thomas Duffy, Apr 01, 1998, pp 14-15
Retired Air Force Gen Larry Welch, who headed a panel that recently
examined the testing plans for four of the Pentagon's missile defense
programs, said last week that the Navy's upper tier missile defense
program is an unlikely candidate for a schedule acceleration because its
flight test plan is not aimed at testing the operational system the Navy
would put to sea. 

BMDO Looking Again At Flight Test Plans For Hit-To-Kill Systems. 
Inside Missile Defense. Thomas Duffy, Apr 01, 1998, p 15
BMDO is reviewing the flight test programs of the four hit-to-kill
missile defense systems now in development, including the Navy's Theater
Wide program, according to BMDO Director LtGen Lyles. The review was
spurred, in part, by the Welch panel's recent report on the hit-to-kill
programs' flight test plans and by the failures in the Army's THAAD
program. 


Latham, Welch To Co-Chair DSB Summer Study On JV 2010 Capabilities.
Inside Missile Defense. Elaine Grossman, Apr 01, 1998, pp 20-21
The Department of Defense has tapped Donald Latham of Lockheed Martin
and retired AF Gen Larry Welch of IDA to co-chair a new Defense Science
Board task force reporting this summer on the warfighting capabilities
needed to implement the military's new doctrinal template, Joint Vision
2010. 

BMDO To Recall Welch Panel To Review NMD Contractor Testing. 
Inside Missile Defense. Thomas Duffy, Apr 01, 1998, pp 1, 8
After DoD selects a single contracting team to develop and build a NMD
system, BMDO will reconvene an independent panel to perform a risk
analysis of the testing plan offered by the winning team, according to
BMDO Director LtGen Lyles. 

BMDO 'Mandates' Cutting Support Contract Work To Save Funds For Higher
Priorities. 
Inside Missile Defense, Daniel Dupont, Apr 01, 1998, pp 1, 20
According to Director LtGen Lyles, BMDO has "mandated" it will cut back
on the number of systems engineering and technical assistance contracts
it funds in an attempt to pare the infrastructure of the BMDO community
and save scarce dollars. 

Colsa Garners Contract To Test THAAD Software. 
Space News, Apr 06, 1998, p 20
Colsa Corp will analyze and validate software for the US Army's THAAD
system under a contract with a potential value of $89 million.